GOOGLE WILL TEST ITS WI-FI-BEAMING BALLOONS IN AUSTRALIA

GOOGLE WILL TEST ITS WI-FI-BEAMING BALLOONS IN AUSTRALIA

When it comes to telecommunications, Australia is generally pretty behind the eight ball – sometimes so much so that we can’t even see the ball anymore.

But in a surprisingly innovative move, the country’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has now partnered with Google to begin trials of the search engine giant’s ambitious Project Loon in western Queensland in December.

As part of Project Loon, Google plans to launch a network of high-altitude balloons into the sky, each capable of beaming a wireless signal to the ground below.

The ultimate goal is to provide internet to the two-thirds of the world that currently isn’t connected, and also help bring Wi-Fi to the poorest and most remote regions, as well as those areas struck by natural disasters.

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